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Theatrvm orbis terrarvm


Published 1603
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First ed. published Antwerp, 1570

At the end of the preface (¹C1v-¹C2v) Ortelius credits Francis Hogenberg and the brothers Ferdinand & Ambrosius Arsenius with engraving nearly all the plates

Engraved t.p. with female allegories of the 5 continents; they are explained in Adolf van Meetkercke's "Frontispicii explicatio" (¹A2v-¹A3v). On t.p. verso is coat of arms of Philip II, King of Spain, to whom the work is dedicated. Engraving of Ortelius' tomb, ¹A5v, and his port., D4v

Life of Ortelius by Franciscus Sweerts, ¹A4r-¹A5r

First sequence of double-page maps numbered 1-118, mounted on stubs at the center fold. The rectos of first leaves of the resulting bifolia have printed text and plate number, most versos of second leaves are blank. On some plates two or more geographical regions are depicted, resulting altogether in 167 distinct maps. Legends of most maps credit the author whose work Ortelius adapted

"Parergon, sive veteris geograpiae [sic] aliqvot tabvlae" and "Nomenclator Ptolemaicvs" have special t.p.'s. the latter with imprint: Antverpiae : Typis Roberti Brvneau, M.DCIII. Between these sections is a second sequence of double-page plates, hinged onto stubs at the center fold. They are numbered j-xl but include 2 single sheets of letterpress (xij, xvj), making a total of 38 plates

In addition to contemporary maps, the second sequence of plates includes representations of the Holy Land, the Roman empire, and the lands traveled by Jason, Ulysses, Aeneas, Abraham, Alexander, and St. Paul. Plates xvij-xviij depict richly costumed male figures with armorial shields of the constituent territories of the Holy Roman Empire, beginning with those of the electors; plate xviij is signed: Gerard de Jode exc., Anton. Wierinx fec. Includes one view of a building, the Escorial. Vrients was responsible for adding 7 of these sheets; see Koeman

"De Mona Drvidvm insvla ... epistola ... Hvmfredi Lhvyd" (²C4r-²C5v)

Signatures: A-C⁶ D⁴ a⁴ ²A-C⁶

Catalogvs avctorvcm tabvlarvm geographicarvm, ¹C3v-¹C5r

Koeman, C. Atlantes Neerlandici

Getty copy has extensive old hand-coloring with some shading. Not only are all maps colored, but so are all other ill. and decorations, including ornamented initials

Binding: old vellum. Author and title stamped on spine in gilt: ORTELLI / THEATRVM / ORBIS TERRAR. Page edges gilt

Centered on front pastedown is etched bookplate of Giovanni Muzio by Giacomo Manzù. On t.p. in right margin is property stamp of the Collegio di S. Alessandro in Milano, at foot of t.p. is an inscription from the same institution, and in the right margin are two impressions of the stamp: Bibliot. Bossianiae Alexandrinae


Publisher Antverpiae : Apvd Ioannem Bapt. Vrintivm
Pages 725
Possible copyright status NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Language Latin
Call number 579126
Digitizing sponsor Getty Research Institute
Book contributor Getty Research Institute
Collection getty; americana

Full catalog record MARCXML

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